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Submission + - Study Finds That Google Chrome Users Tend To Ignore Security Warnings (

peterfarker11 writes: We’re sure when browsing the internet, many of you guys have probably come across an security warning page in your browser, informing you that the page you’re about to visit could install malware onto your computer. It’s a pretty obvious warning and we’re sure no one likes having malware installed, but how many of us actually pay heed to those security pages? Well in a recent study conducted called Alice in Warningland: A Large-Scale Field Study of Browser Security Warning Effectiveness, it has been found that when compared to Mozilla Firefox users, Google Chrome users are more likely to proceed to said website in spite of being warned that it could be dangerous for their computer, and the tables above are an example of some of the numbers they collected.

The study also found that when it comes to early versions of software, like betas, developers release, or nightlies, the numbers were actually a lot higher with Chrome users averaging around 70% in clickthrough rates. It is not clear why Chrome users are so “daring”, but one of the authors in the study believed that false positives are one of the reasons, plus it could also be attributed to differing levels of competence. “Warning fatigue” is also one of the reasons the author attributed to Chrome users ignoring security warnings more than Firefox users, but what do you guys make of this study? Are you a Chrome user who goes ahead and views the website despite having received a warning about potential danger?

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Submission + - The allure of low quality big data in biology (

Shipud writes: Genomics has ushered biology into the data rich sciences. But genomic data provides us with the instruction book: what the organism is capable of doing based on its DNA. To see what the organism actually does we need to run experiments to interrogate the biological pathways that together constitute life. But biochemical experiments only tell you about a few proteins at a time. Slowly. Much slower than the information gain from genomics.

Enter systems biology with the promise of bridging the knowledge gap by performing large scale biochemistry and molecular biology. High throughput assays such as Yeast 2 Hybrid, Mass Spectrometry proteomics, and RNAi functional genomics have accelerated the rate of data collection in cellular biology. However, a new study shows that the data coming from ‘factory science’ are of a much lower quality than can be used, and these low quality data are taking over what we deem to know about protein function, masking out, by their sheer mass, the higher quality annotations. Contrary to what we hear, systems biology is not quite a BIg Data science yet.


Submission + - Sir Isaac Newton, Alchemist

Hugh Pickens writes: "It wasn't easy being as obsessed about science as Sir Isaac Newton. Newton didn't play sports or a musical instrument, gamble at whist or gambol on a horse. Newton was unmarried, had no known romantic liaisons and may well have died, at the age of 85, with his virginity intact. But, when Natalie Angier writes in "The Hindu," that it is now becoming clear that Newton had time to spend thirty years of his life slaving over a furnace in search of the power to transmute one chemical element into another, it is somewhat akin to hearing that Einstein believed in astrology. "How could the ultimate scientist have been seemingly hornswoggled by a totemic psuedoscience like alchemy, which in its commonest rendering is described as the desire to transform lead into gold," writes Angier. Now new historical research describes how alchemy yielded a bounty of valuable spinoffs, including new drugs, brighter paints, stronger soaps and better booze. "Alchemy was synonymous with chemistry," says Dr. William Newman, "and chemistry was much bigger than transmutation." Newman adds that Newton's alchemical investigations helped yield one of his fundamental breakthroughs in physics: his discovery that white light is a mixture of colored rays that can be recombined with a lens. “I would go so far as to say that alchemy was crucial to Newton’s breakthroughs in optics,” says Newman. “He’s not just passing light through a prism — he’s resynthesizing it.”""

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